International cooperation

EKKA is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (CEENQA) and participates in the European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) network.

EKKA is also included in the European QualityAssurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR).

EKKAs cross-border activities include cross-border assessments, advisory and other international projects. Find out more about our cross-border assessments in higher education and in continuing education

International Projects

Technical Support for Capacity Development in Quality Assurance and Piloting of Experimental Accreditation Process, Standards and Guidelines 2018–2020 The Ministry of Education and Science of Tajikistan has chosen the Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (EKKA) as a strategic partner to develop the quality assurance system of higher education in the country and to make sure it conforms to the standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the European higher education area. During the two-year project, EKKA will conduct pilot studies (institutional accreditations) in three higher education institutions in Tajikistan and help design the terms of reference of the development of higher education quality information system. The project will last until 31.12.2020. It includes 11 various sub-activities and the total cost of the project is 210 600 euros. EKKA employees and experts will make many visits to Tajikistan, but two Tajik study visits to Estonia will also take place over the course of the project. During one of those visits, the Tajik visitors will also attend the institutional accreditation of the Estonian University of Life Sciences as observers.
Twinning project to support the education in Georgia 2019–2021 The aim of the project is to develop the quality assessment system in Georgia, promote the implementation of qualification framework and increase the capabilities of the specialists and support systems involved. Together with DAAD, the Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (EKKA) intends to support the activities of the Georgian national quality agency (NCEQE) and its partners in securing the quality of education and training in lifelong learning and qualifications quality assurance. The project incorporates general education, vocational education, higher education and continuing education.
Twinning project: support to the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan for Further Adherence of the Higher Education System to the European Higher Education Area (AZ-ad-EHEA) 2015– 2017 Read more about the project in Estonian, Finnish or English
Capacity Building of Accreditation Experts at the National Agency for Quality Assurance in Professional Education (ANACIP) in the Republic of Moldova 2016 The project is a follow-up for the project Creation and Capacity Building of Quality Assurance Agency for Professional Education in Republic of Moldova which was aimed at launching the Moldovan quality assurance agency for higher and professional education (ANACIP) in 2015. The project was funded by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of the Estonian development cooperation.
The Estonian Higher Education Quality Agency assesses study programmes in Law in universities  of Moldova 2015 The Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (EKKA) won the public procurement of the Ministry of Education in Moldova to conduct the assessment of study programmes in Law in the country. During 2015, 26 study programmes in 13 different higher education institutions were accredited. Read more: project website, general report and assessment reports.
Creation and Capacity Building of Quality Assurance Agency for Professional Education in Republic of Moldova 2014– 2015 The project aims to support the establishment of Quality Assurance Agency for Professional Education (higher education and vocational education) in Moldova. The activities include cooperation with the Moldovan Ministry of Education in preparing respective draft acts, developing evaluation methodology, specifying the qualification requirements for the agency’s personnel and training of personnel and evaluation experts. In the final stage of the project, accreditations will be piloted in one higher education institution and in one VET institution. The duration of the project is 9 months, from September 2014 to May 2015, and its budget is 132 813 euros. The project was funded by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of the Estonian development cooperation.
Transparency of European higher education  through public quality assurance reports – EQArep 2012–2014 Read more: EQArepWebsiteENQA EQArepTransparency of European Higher Education through public Quality Assurance Reports. Final report of the project (Bach, T., Dragojevic, D., Findlay, P., Hering, S., Lauri, L., Lynch, O., Olcen, Z. and Udam, M. (2014))